Orlando Pirates Football Club has unveiled its first venture into esports with the announcement of its official FIFA team.
The club, which is based in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton and competes in the Premier Soccer League, revealed its esports team will consist of ten contracted players, captained by three-time FIWC contender Abubakar ‘Abu’ Akhalwaya.
Tokoloho Moeketsi, Brand Activation Manager, stated that the area has a massive talent pool of untapped potential.
“The esports industry is exploding and there is a huge talent pool in South Africa with untapped potential. We have noticed that the level of professionalism in esports has continued to grow over the past years and as Orlando Pirates we feel that now is the right time to enter this industry.”
The esports division will be powered by the club, receiving support for training and events, along with logistical knowledge and support.
Abu mentioned how after a three-year journey, he is glad to be included in the new adventure.
“This is a journey that has taken about three years with the Club. I am very happy to be part of this new venture and look forward to being part of the Orlando Pirates esports family.”
Weiming ‘Daweisauce’ Chen, Mohamed Alioune ‘KingCjII’ Diop, Shuaib ‘Shuaib07’ Hassen, Satter ‘Sattar1str’ Hoosein, Muhammad Fa’iz ‘Unfaizdd’ Mahomed, Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Mathopa and Kyle ‘Savage 100’ Turnbull will also compete alongside their captain for the foreseeable future.
A tweet from the official Orlando Pirates FC Twitter account welcomed the team.
— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) October 11, 2017
FIFA may be the football team’s first venture into esports, however, it won’t be the last. It was also revealed it will be looking to move into other competitive games, such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends and/or Dota, at a later date, although there has been no word if any progress has been made as of writing.